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Young Alcohol Addicts in Australia

by Sheela Philomena on February 14, 2011 at 12:19 PM
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 Young Alcohol Addicts in Australia

In Australia, children as young as 10 years of age are seeking treatment for alcohol addiction.

Five Oz teens and youths die a week in incidents tied to binge drinking. And by 16, one in five teenagers regularly binge drink; by 18 it is 50 per cent, reports the Herald Sun.

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A national survey of high school students has found parents have eclipsed friends and all other sources for supply of alcohol.

Every third child aged 12-17 turns to mum or dad for party booze.

A recent study by Odyssey House, one of the country's biggest rehabilitation centres, found 90 per cent of residents named alcohol as their first drug of intoxication at 12 or 13.
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Chief executive James Pitts said the short-term risks of alcohol were obvious with about 264 people aged 15-24 dying every year in falls, crashes, fights and other alcohol-related incidents.

"Research indicates that the earlier people start to drink the greater likelihood they will develop problems later in life," he said.

Source: ANI
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